Cider-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables


I hoped to have this recipe posted in time for Thanksgiving.

Because, yes, the roasted-for-hours turkey may be the star of the show for the Thanksgiving meal.

But I think this recipe is the perfect cold-weather side dish to really allow the vegetables to have their shining moment too!

The root veggies in this recipe (like sweet potato and parsnips) are filled with savory flavors like olive oil and fresh herbs.

Then a simple apple cider glaze is added just before serving, which adds a bit of tanginess and a hint of sweetness. Read More

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